Moral Contradictions

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A quote

I came across a quote in one of my classes pulled from the October 16, 2006 edition of Time. Karen Tumulty, in the article "The End of a Revolution" says that:

Every revolution begins with the power of an idea and ends when clinging to power is the only idea left.


I could not help but think of the long view of the history of Baptists in the South. United with the fantastic idea of taking the Gospel to others beyond our borders, the largest incarnation of that group is sacrificing members by narrowing parameters for cooperation to cling to the idea of power.

I'm currently writing here as an excuse not to work on my 20 page paper for Christian Tradition. The point our textbook's author pounds is that Christ must remain at the center of the church. One essence, many forms. My understanding of how to practice my faith varies with other Christians, and that's okay, as long as Christ is the focus.

The day we succumb to temptation and put ourselves in the center is the day we are in trouble.

3 Comments:

  • Keeping Christ at the center of the church is almost a no-brainer, but it is truly incredible how in our desire to do Gods will that we can somehow slip away from that concept without really noticing it.

    I just finished writing a post concerning a public discussion (in my day they called them debates, but I guess that is not the politically correct terminology today) between Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Greg Boyd, Senior Pastor for Woodland Hills Church. You remember Dr Boyd? The New York Times did a piece on his refusal to publicly support conservative political issues. There is a post about it here on your blog.

    Anyway, one comment that he made that I would like to share with you here fits well with your topic.

    " My conviction is that our target should rather be to motivate Christians to engage social justice issues in unique Kingdom ways, without relying on the help of government or politics. Jesus was all about transforming society, but never by political means. As much as people tried, Jesus never let himself get drawn into the political issues of his day. I believe we should do the same. While I’m of course not opposed to Christians voting and participating in politics however they feel led, the particular way a person does this isn’t part of their uniquely Kingdom identity.

    In any event, our uniqueness as followers of Jesus isn’t in how we vote; it’s in how we live, how we love, how we’re willing to sacrifice our time and resources for others. Following Jesus doesn’t give us any privileged wisdom on how to fix and run society by political means, but it should give us a greater willingness to transform society by Jesus-looking means – that is, through the power of self-sacrificial love."

    When we unwittingly change the Great Commission's exhortation to "make disciples of all nations" into a political agenda to disciple people through the U.S. Congress we certainly have created a moral contradiction.

    By Blogger Dusty Bogard, at Saturday, October 28, 2006 5:46:00 PM  

  • Amen Nathan...Kung would be proud!
    I left today with a lot of things swirling around in my mind...from CT discussion group and then my random shift in conversation in the group...to even Greg's teachings. A lot of stuff!
    Anyway...see ya around!

    By Blogger saraandsunshine, at Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:30:00 PM  

  • Oh, and by the way...saraandsunshine, is me, Sara Rudolph. :-)

    By Blogger saraandsunshine, at Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:32:00 PM  

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